Ravenna-Bryant Community Association

Serving the Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods in Seattle, WA

Ravenna-Bryant Community Association - Serving the Ravenna and Bryant neighborhoods in Seattle, WA

New police beats

For the first time since 2008, the Seattle Police Department shifted the boundaries of its 51 police beats. The change was made to improve officer supervision and public safety service, better align police patrols with Seattle’s neighborhoods, and achieve a major milestone in the department’s work toward reform with the Department of Justice.

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Here is a close-up of the beats covering Ravenna-Bryant:

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Beginning January 28, the department increased the number of patrols squads and sergeants at each of SPD’s five precincts with the goal of improving each precinct’s officer-to-supervisor ratio. This is to enable supervisors to work more closely with officers, providing guidance in investigations, reviewing use of force, and ensuring quality of public service.

As part of the patrol map realignment, the department will also revise neighborhood-based crime data available on My Neighborhood Maps, Tweets By Beat and Data.Seattle.Gov to reflect the new beat boundaries.

Still Waiting on Sisley Progress

You may be wondering what happened to the City’s 2014 resolution to shut down Sisley’s business model in our neighborhood.  Although we have nothing definitive to report, there has been movement since we last reported on it.

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The City is working on 2 fronts regarding code enforcement activities on the Sisley properties.
  1. The City Attorney’s Office is in the process of executing the judgment, after all appeals have been exhausted, to collect the full amount of fines and penalties owed to the City by the property owners for previous code violation citations.  A final resolution is expected  to be announced once this process is completed.
  2. The City’s Department of Planning and Development(DPD), through their Code Compliance Division, has been taking code enforcement action on the Sisley properties.  For the three vacant houses on 65th, DPD’s end goal is either voluntary demolition by the owners or obtaining a court order to allow the City to go onto the properties and demolish.  To obtain the court order is a rather long and technical process as there is an administrative process that must occur first.  DPD has taken the first steps of doing the calculations and preparing the documentation and other things needed in order to issue a Director’s Complaint and schedule a hearing. At the hearing, DPD must establish that the cost of repairing these buildings would exceed 50% of the cost of replacing them (this is the code standard allowing DPD to order demolition).  Then, if DPD prevails at the hearing, an administrative order is issued requiring the owner to demolish or repair the buildings as unfit for human habitation.  If demolition (or repair) is not done voluntarily, DPD must go to court to get an abatement order allowing the City to enter onto the property to tear them down.  Unfortunately, there are several points between the initial hearing and the ultimate goal of demolition at which the property owners can contest and slow things down, both at the administrative level and in court.

As soon as we hear any news, you’ll be the first to know.

 

Reporting suspicious behavior

People are sometimes reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious.  They don’t want to burden police with non-emergencies.  However, police encourage people to call 911 to report activity or behavior that is felt to be unusual or out of place.

What is suspicious behavior?  If it is suspicious to you, it is worth reporting it to 911.  Examples:

  • Unusual noises including screaming, sounds of fighting, and glass breaking.
  • People in and around buildings who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted areas.
  • Vehicles driving slowly or aimlessly through neighborhoods, around schools or parking lots.
  • People peering into parked vehicles that are  not their own.
  • People who change their behavior when they notice that they have been seen.
  • People dressed inappropriately for the weather — wearing a heavy coat in warm weather.

People are especially urged to call 911 when:

  • You believe someone is in physical danger.
  • You believe a specific crime is happening.
  • You believe something is suspicious.

Reporting suspicious behavior may not only prevent crime but it may help police working to find suspected burglars and car thieves.